There are a few stalls that sell used items and my son manages to find a little treasure every time. Last month it was a Spiderman figurine and this month a green car for $2. I picked up a doll for my daughter that still had the tag on for $2 which was a great find.
My husband and I have been watching a lot of American Pickers lately so we went in all pickered up as if we actually had some knowledge about anything. It was quite obvious we do not. I did find a cute little pink thermos that the lady told me was older than her, and she was sixty. It was only five bucks so I couldn't argue with that. It's worn and bruised but will look very cool in my new kitchen. We got a little excited when it said Snow Mountain thinking it may be from the US or Canada until I looked underneath and saw Made in China; never mind, our studies in the school of picking continues.
There are a couple of stalls selling fresh local produce and even a cake stand selling home made cakes and sweets. So old school and just so cool to see.
Our first stop is always to our favourite jams, chutneys, and chilli's stall. My husband practically sprints to it. When it comes to chilli he knows what he likes and subsequently has dragged us around to many a chilli tasting tent where we routinely watch him sweat and pant as he finds that perfect hit. He's like Homer without the blubber or the candle waxed mouth.
While this particular one is not the hottest he's ever had, it's a home made chilli relish that's definitely a firm favourite we now return every month to buy up. Thankfully the wonderful lady producing this fine product has a stall that is generously stocked, though it is very popular with the locals (one man bought ten jars just before us!) She has a great range to choose from both sweet and savoury and even some alcohol based options.
The market stalls are held in amongst the trees out the front of the Jarrahdale Fire Station. There is also a sausage sizzle and some of the proceeds of the markets go towards the voluntary fire service. The egg and bacon burgers are yummo!
One of the things I love most about country/rural markets is that most seem to be untouched by the opportunist world of simply making a buck. The people are friendly and actually engage in conversation with you, whether your'e buying from them or not. There really is a community feel that is welcoming and warm.
Fresh food, bric-a-brac, home made pleasentries, and a good old country feel; there is plenty on offer at Jarrahdale Markets to make it worth the trip.